Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 1: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 67,774 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This first volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi includes preliminary information on Alchemy including initiation of a discpiple, laboratory setup, mercurial operations and commonly used technical terms. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, chemical medicine) is a compendium of Sanskrit verses dealing with ancient Indian alchemy and chem...

Part 2 - Measures of weight

The following technical terms and synonyms are used as measures of weight in Rasashastra:

6 anus (molecules) make one triti.
6 tritis make one liksha.
6 likshas make one juka.
6 jukas make one sarshapa (mustard seed.)
6 sarshapas make one java (barley seed.)
6 javas make one gunja or racti.
2 gunjas make one nispava.
3 gunjas make one balla.
2 ballas make one masha.
2 mashas make one dharana.
2 dharanas make one niska, shana, kala, or tanka.
2 niskas make one kola, bataka, or gadyana.
2 kolas make one tola or karsha (synonyms: udumbara, panitala, subarna, kabaragraha, aksha, and bidalabadaka).
2 karshas make one shukti.
2 shuktis or 4 tolas make one pala, musti, prakuncha, or vilba.
2 palas make one prasrita.
2 prasritas make one kudaba or anjali.
2 kudabas make one manika or sharaba.
2 manikas make one prastha (64 tolas, or one seer.)
2 prasthas make one shubha.
2 shubhas make one adhaka or patra.
4 adhakas make one drona, ghata, unmana, rashi, lalvana, armana, or kumbha.
100 palas make one tula (400 tolas.)
2000 palas make one bhara.
2 dronas make one surpa.
2 surpas make one droni, bahi, or goni.
4 dronis or gonis make one khari.

 

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Measures of weight’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee’s Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 1: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory. The text includes treatments, recipes and remedies and is categorised as Rasa Shastra: an important branch of Ayurveda that specialises in medicinal/ herbal chemistry, alchemy and mineralogy, for the purpose of prolonging and preserving life.

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